Crystalyn Portwood Joins Empower as VP of Business Development

Denver Native Leaves iHeartMedia to Pursue Career in the Consumer Marketing Capital

CINCINNATI (June 7, 2018) – Empower’s client portfolio is expanding at a record-breaking pace and so is its business development team. The creative media agency has boosted its business development efforts with the addition of vice president Crystalyn Portwood.

In 2017, the independent agency reported its highest revenue in 33 years while securing multiple new clients, including two of its top clients: Ashley HomeStore and Fifth Third Bank.

“Coming out of our best year yet, we knew we had to double down on business development to keep up the momentum and demand,” senior vice president Ashley Walters said. “Crystalyn Portwood’s strong media background and proven success at iHeartMedia building meaningful relationships with clients like Schomp BMW, Healthcare Corporation of America, Beldon LeafGuard and Bellco Credit Union made her the perfect addition to Empower,” Walters explained.

“I was drawn to Empower for its renowned reputation of being a woman-inspired culture on top of their industry-leading retention rates,” Portwood said. “That’s not something you find just anywhere. I am excited to learn from a forward-thinking team of trailblazers in our industry who have set forth new standards for trust and transparency. It was clear Empower not only talks the talk, but walks the walk,” she said.

As vice president for the Rocky Mountain Region at iHeartMedia, Portwood led a team of savvy account executives to exceed quarterly and annual performance goals. Together, they built local and national layered marketing campaigns with proven results. Prior to this she worked with CBS Radio in Minneapolis and St. Louis.

About Empower

Empower is a creative media agency that builds trust at scale. Founded 33 years ago on a foundation of trust and transparency, Empower was named MediaPost’s 2016 Media Agency of the Year. Our award-winning integrated team of experts in audience, media, message and measurement deliver data-driven, tech-enabled and emotionally-charged creative media.

Tackling challenges with the precision of an engineer and the heart of a matchmaker, the result goes beyond securing impressions and makes those impressions personal. That’s how you build trust in the space between brand and consumer at scale, and that’s what we do. Some of our biggest fans include Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Shaw Floors, Gorilla Glue, Dremel and Fifth Third Bank.

Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. While much has changed over the course of our company history, some things will always remain: we are an independent, certified women-owned business and we will constantly challenge the media status quo.

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